Ohio Budget Director Warns of Cuts
Ohioans would see significant cuts in mental health and drug treatment programs and face an increase in college tuition if Congress passes a stimulus package with reduced aid to struggling states, Gov. Ted Strickland's budget director warned state lawmakers Tuesday.
Strickland's two-year, $55 billion budget plan relies on $3.4 billion in federal money to help fill a $7 billion deficit. The $838 billion version of President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan that passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday doesn't include $25 billion that the U.S. House had set aside for states to spend on a variety of programs.
If the U.S. House is unable to restore the funding, Ohio would need to trim between $900 million and $1 billion from its budget proposal, Budget...
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